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Back-to-back: Erik Williams again crowned champion of First Coast Spelling Bee

St. Johns Country Day student moving on to Scripps National Spelling Bee for 2nd year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The 14 best spellers from North Florida competed live Thursday night for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and for the second year in a row, Erik Williams is moving on to Washington D.C.

The winning word: Allergenic.

“I was pretty sure I knew what the word was, but I wanted to ask all of the questions just to make sure,” Erik said.

He was happy to have his parents and his brother by his side.

“It’s an incredible experience. They’re really supportive of me, and they helped me prepare for this,” Erik said.

Before his back-to-back wins, Erik was a runner-up during the First Coast Spelling Bee in 2018.

The seventh grade St. Johns Country Day student appeared Friday on “The Morning Show.”

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Erik defended his title at Jacksonville University’s Terry Concert Hall against some top notch competition from counties around Northeast Florida.

News4Jax highlighted each of the 14 spellers during “The Morning Show” last week. For more on who they are, click here.

Here are the contestants in the order that they competed, which was determined by a random drawing.

NameGradeSchoolCounty
Erik Williams7thSt. Johns Country DayClay County
Elco Carrasco8thBaker County Middle SchoolBaker County
Manischa Wijayawardhana6thSwitzerland Point Middle SchoolSt. Johns County
Isabella Hobday5thBranford Elementary SchoolSuwannee County
Anthony “AJ” Todd5thLake Butler Middle SchoolUnion County
Vivie Thelin8thMillhopper Montessori SchoolAlachua County
Armand Kuykendall6thMiller Middle SchoolPutnam County
Ashton Tabor7thHamilton County High SchoolHamilton County
Adyson Hammock6thMadison County Central SchoolMadison County
Rosalie Speer7thFort White Middle/High SchoolColumbia County
Ian Wilking5thSt. Michael AcademyNassau County
Morgan King7thBradford Middle SchoolBradford County
Julius Graham III8thDuPont Middle SchoolDuval County
Caleb Rimpel8thChrist the King LutheranFlagler County

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